This is the time of year many of us make adjustments to our habits and behaviors, including the foods we eat. I know a lot of people who are cutting back on sugar, salt, dining out and meat as part of their New Year strategy to a healthier body. That’s why I’m happy to be able to tell you about fabulous tools that can help you with your endeavors! Continue Reading
This post is sponsored by Glutino; however, all opinions expressed are my own.
Holiday parties my parents threw or attended when I was growing up inspired me to entertain. Lush platters brimming with dainty appetizers mesmerized me! Treats spread out like a feast made me wish every day was a holiday. Some day I’ll throw parties with fancy food just like this. At the time, I had no idea food would become my (second) career, but I’m glad it did. Now, I can share tasty creations like these Roasted Grapes and Cracked Pepper Chèvre Appetizers with you. Continue Reading
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and this is a product that I truly love and use in my own home as part of my healthy living regimen.
If you know me, you know I believe in the therapeutic powers of regular massage. Massage can alleviate pain in the body, banish onset headaches, enhance sleep quality and improve circulation. There’s also the instant relief of stress and relaxing those achy muscles many of us experience from repeated daily tasks. For me, that is sitting at my desk in front of the computer screen for hours at a time writing.
While I love going to my massage therapist once each month, there’s not time in my schedule to go more often. That’s not to say a neck and shoulder massage wouldn’t be welcome more often. Continue Reading
A few months ago, I shared a picture on Instagram of polishing silver without using harsh chemicals. There are several ways to do this, but my preferred method is with aluminum foil! With a sturdy sheet of foil and a few common household ingredients that are already in your pantry, you can concoct a silver cleaning solution that you feel good about using. There are no harsh chemicals used, which is good on two counts. First, you’re not using potentially toxic products and second, the all-natural aluminum foil method protects your precious silver pieces and no silver is lost in the cleaning process like it is with chemical silver polish. If you know me, you won’t be one bit surprised there’s a little Science involved! But don’t worry, even if you don’t love Science like I do, you can polish your silver the all-natural way. In fact, I learned this “secret” to beautiful silver from my dear old aunties many years ago and there wasn’t a scientist among them. ;-)
Cleaning Hack: Polish Silver with Glad™ Standard Aluminum Foil
First, here’s what you need to polish silver naturally with aluminum foil:
- A shallow glass baking dish that can accommodate your silver pieces and allow them to be submerged completely in the water you will add.
- A piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the bottom of the dish – this is where you’ll fall in love with the easy to grab Glad® Ready Edge on the box and the pull up cutting edge – perfect cut every time!
- Very hot water to fill the baking dish almost completely (and to cover silver completely).
- Baking soda – you need about ½ cup per ½ gallon of water (adjust amount to suit the amount of water you use).
When you put your foil away, just click the Stay Closed lid shut and there’s no worries of your foil opening in the cabinet or drawer where you store it! Because of the box design, it’s ready for easy access use the next time you need it, too.
Now, here’s what you do:
1 – Place the glass baking dish on a heat-safe and secure surface like your kitchen counter (on a hot pad).
2 – Place the aluminum foil in the bottom of the dish.
3 – Place your silver items in the dish, laying them directly on the aluminum foil.
4 – Leave the dish while you heat the water to boiling. I heat my water in a kettle then pour it into a large heat-safe pitcher that I place in my sink because the water is hot and the next step could get a bit messy.
5 – Add the baking soda to the hot water. You may get some bubbling and foaming, which is why the sink is a great place to work with this step.
6 – Next, carefully pour the hot water/baking soda mixture over the silver in your glass dish. Pour slowly so that you don’t splatter yourself with hot water. Make sure the silver pieces are completely covered.
7 – Notice the black tarnish begin to disappear from your silver! You may even notice the water and aluminum foil turn a tarnished color.
Finally, my favorite part: How does this magic happen, anyway?
This simple, all-natural household cleaning hack works by way of simple chemistry. The tarnish, or dark coating, we see on silver when it has been sitting for a while unused is silver sulfide. It results from sulfur in the air reacting with the silver. Think of it as a similar reaction to how iron oxidizes and forms rust. To get our silver glimmering again, we need to remove that dark coating of silver sulfide. Traditional silver polish will strip off the silver sulfide, but it takes a thin layer of silver with it, too. With aluminum (in the form of foil), the chemical reaction that turned silver to silver sulfide is reversed and no silver is stripped away! Silver sulfide reacts with the aluminum (that’s why the silver pieces must touch the aluminum in the pan). The sulfur transfers to the aluminum (which is why you might notice the aluminum turns darker or appears to tarnish), leaving your silver like new!
The baking soda helps the electrons flow between the two metals and the hot water speeds up the reaction. And even if you’re not a chemistry buff like me, I bet you’re Glad you know this simple, all-natural silver cleaning hack! You can find Glad® Standard Aluminum Foil at the following retail locations: Albertsons, Food Lion, Hannaford, Lowe’s Food Stores, Brookshire, Meijer, Harris Teeter, Demoulas Market Basket, Futuro Foods and it’s the perfect time to grab a box or two for all your kitchen and household uses because right now you will find a $1 off coupon wherever Glad Foil is currently sold.
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There’s something exciting going on with one of my favorite partner companies and I could hardly wait to get in on this! I think you’re going to want to hear about it, too, so I want to share My Amazing 14 Days of Detox with you.
I’ve told you about Aloha products before when I shared my 5 Tips to Help Gluten-Free Guests Feel at Home for the Holidays, when I told you about Keeping Fit & Fabulous During the Holidays without Sacrifice (plus an amazing recipe!!) and when I detailed my favorite way to keep my skin bright and youthful in 6 Incredible Ingredients that Give You Younger Looking Skin.
But now, my friends at Aloha have gone and outdone themselves. They are now offering a new line of Lifestyle Bundles and they are outstanding!
When Aloha got in touch to let me know about them, I was so impressed with the plans, I had to try one! I thought it might be fun to share my experience here with you. Continue Reading
In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, please know that I received complimentary services from Massage Heights for the purposes of this review, however, I am a MH member and use therapeutic massage as a regular means to maintain my overall health. I am sharing this post in hopes it will bring benefit to some of you.
If you follow along here, you know natural, preventative measures for wellness are top priority to me. Restoring my health solely with food and a holistic regimen nearly a decade ago, I continue with this approach to maintain The Machine (my body) at peak performance.
My background in neuroscience and natural products research means only fact-based approaches make it into my regular routine. One area I pay special attention to is something you can’t even see – my lymphatic system.
The Lymphatic System plays a Direct Role in Immune Health
It is a complex network of organs, nodes and numerous ducts and vessels in the body and shares a close relationship with the immune system. Lymph health is important to anyone, but especially those of us with immune disease (like celiac disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, etc.).
In a nutshell, this intricate system produces and transports a clear fluid (lymph) throughout the body, bathing our cells, providing them with nutrients and oxygen and also picking up unwanted substances like fats, bacteria, and other negative materials to filter them out of the body.
Have You Read My Article about How Improved Lymph Function Aids Weight Loss?
I’ve written about how improving lymph function can help you lose weight, and in that article I share several ways to boost lymph function. One of those ways is via therapeutic massage.